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How to make the most of a day in Rome, Italy – Part 1

As a traveller, I always begin my journeys with a guidebook in my pocket, but have also always said to myself that by complying to these guidebooks I am only proliferating the innacuracy with which Rome – or any other city for that matter – is portrayed. As Rome is saturated with history, what these books have to say about the Collosseum, Pantheon, etc. is quite essential. However, there are places that are never mentioned, which leads newcomers to miss out on several extremely flavoursome parts of the city.

Let’s start early in the morning. Breakfast in Rome usually consists of a cornetto (croissant) and cappuccino. “Cioccolata Calda” or hot chocolate must be had as well. One can stop at most bars and be served well as most places are accustomed to (and therefore excellent at) making these basics.

Let us first get the Collosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and The Roman Forum out of the way. All five are wonderful locations, but the first four do not require more than about an hour’s visit. That is unless, of course, one wants to go inside the Collosseum which is something that I have thought quite overrated and definitely not worth the wait in line during the high seasons. Something that is not often mentioned about the Spanish Steps is the Keats & Shelley house/museum right next to them. This is worth a visit and won’t take up much time. Apart from the Roman Forum, which one should set aside a half of a day for, these four locations require about an hour each and are best visited during the day – perhaps between breakfast and lunch.

Making a decision as to where to eat in Rome can get quite tough. There are three different types of eateries: osterie, trattorie and ristoranti. Osterie are cosy, family-run places which are usually the tastiest and most inexpensive but have a minimal choice of food. Trattorie are still quite homely, usually a little more expensive and a larger choice of food. Ristoranti are not that different from trattorie but tend to be the most expensive, largest choice in food and are highest ranked in glamour or luxury.

If you are walking around in the center just slip into a little alley near the Pantheon and you will find fantastic Italian osterie and trattorie. For a more eclectic choice, you may want to go to via Cavour where you will find restaurants from all around the world.

The best place to eat, however, is the Trastevere area which is across the river from the center Rome. Go to Santa Maria in Trastevere,

Tips for visiting Rome – Part 3

As most people I guess, I’ve seen pictures, movies, news clips of Rome all my life. My daughter stayed in Rome three months during her senior year of college, becoming fluent in the language and falling in love with Rome and the Italian culture. That was in 1999. She reminded me each year that we should take a trip to Italy. Finally last year we did.

Most of the trip was in Tuscany, which we all loved! The last part was spent in Rome seeing the sights. Like the colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, the Vatican. There are far too many historic sights to take in the first time in Rome, unless you move there. But we tried to walk the city and see as much as possible in the heat of the Roman summer. It was well above 90 everyday, and some even over 100, but we enjoyed the walking and sweating just the same.

The food is the best anywhere, fresh and cooked to perfection. We stopped for “fast food” one day and had one of the best pasta dishes in about 5 minutes. This could change the meaning of fast food. It may be served fast, but Romans know how to spend lots of time on their meals, enjoying and savoring the flavors and sipping red wine or white wine and then after 2 hours, some delicious dessert and an espresso, strong and hot.

Getting around Rome is best done on foot. Taxi’s can be taken, but may be costly and you miss everything in between while you’re riding around at super sonic speed! Italian drivers are fast and so crossing the street is a challenge and must be undertaken with the right attitude. Just step out and go without making eye contact. A local man told us that drivers avoid hitting people because they must pay the funeral costs! Not exactly reassuring but I thought it was amusing and probably a better detriment than jail time is at home.

At night we again walked to local restaurants and found one with a delightful waiter who spoke 6 languages! He was very entertaining and all in different languages. He also sang and told us of his adventures in the United States how happy he was to leave and return to Italy. He was living in California and offered a job in Arizona. He got off the plane, spent half an hour in Arizona, in the summer, and turned around and got back on the plane to California!

The time we spent in Rome convinced us that we would need to return to this delightful, historic, energetic city of love!

Must See Attractions In Rome

Roman history is rich and fascinating. As such, Rome as a city has a plethora of attractions for visitors to see. The grandeur of Rome sets it above many other destinations and tourists to the city will not be disappointed by the shear volume of sights to see and places to experience.

There are so many sights to see in Rome that it is difficult to know where to start, however there are a few attractions that should not be missed.

The ancient Coliseum is one of those sights. It took many years to build, but the completion of its building dates back to 80 AD. It was the center of Roman entertainment and was the largest and most impressive building in Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world and it is also well worth a visit. The Pantheon was dedicated as a temple to all the gods and it is an impressive example of Roman architecture. Trevi Fountain is famous for it exquisite detail.

The Forum Romanum is an excellent choice of places to visit. It contained many buildings in its heyday, ranging from temples to basilicas, as well as beautiful triumphal arches. Today it is a scattering of ruins, but it provides an impression of the greatness of Rome to see the remains that still exist there.

The Piazza di Spagna contains the Spanish Steps, as well as an obelisk and church. It provides a beautiful background to what has become a popular meeting spot.

One cannot visit Rome without going to visit the Vatican Museums. Here you will find the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Etruscan Museum. The Capitoline Museum is also a world-renowned museum that houses copies of Greek and Roman sculptures. Many other fascinating museums exist in Rome.

There are many accommodation options all over Rome. Many of the most interesting monuments and attractions can be found in one area and they are easy to visit on foot. If you want a bit more flexibility, you can hire a bicycle or a Vespa (which is what the Romans ride around in). If these options are not for you, the train, bus and tram services in Rome are extensive and you should not have trouble getting around by public transport.

Visitors to the area can choose to stay in hotels, which range in quality from luxury to budget. The luxury hotels can typically be found in the area of Via Veneto. You will also find classy hotels in the area around the Aventine or near Villa Borghese Park. Budget hotels can typically be found around Termini Station. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in a bed and breakfast or even to spend the night in a Catholic convent which opens its doors to travelers. Another accommodation option is to stay in a camping site. These are well set-up; however they tend to be a bit further out of the city which makes it less convenient if you plan to spend time viewing the attractions within Rome.

A Holiday To Rome For Exciting Attractions

You want something to do in Rome that you will remember forever. The city of Rome is always filled with adventure and fun. People seldom mention the Piazza di Spagna or the Spanish Steps. The area is always bustling with tourists, but the area is so large that you can sit and enjoy the view from one of the many cafes in the area of the steps. Many people have gotten married at the top of the stairs and many have gone to the top of the stairs to renew their love for each other.

The steps are used for fashion shows during the year. These steps have had more traffic than anywhere in the world. The adventure starts at the bottom of the stair in the square and once you reach the top, you have had an adventure and experience you cannot find anywhere else. To stand at the top of the stairs and look down is an incredible sight. You will want to have your camera along for some spectacular pictures. The Spanish Steps are just another one of Rome’s beautiful sights. Plan to spend the day enjoying all the little shops and cafes around the square after ascending and descending the steps.

For a nice enjoyable view of the city, visit Villa Borghese. This incredible park has a lake for boating and two amazing treasures pertaining to art. The sculptors and paintings in the park are inspirational. You should spend an entire day just seeing everything the area has to offer. The works of Kandinsky and Cezanne are on display in the Galleria. You will enjoy this park and artworks more than you would if you were to go to a museum. The sculptors along are something of beauty that one never sees in pictures. You will surly enjoy this adventure in Rome.

The Vatican is always a stop on everyone’s itinerary. This is a separate city from the rest of Rome. The Romans believe that the first monument ever built here was the martyrdom of St Peter. Michelangelo’s artwork is spectacular. It makes you wonder how someone could be this creative and talented. The Basilica (St Peters) is something that you can only imagine until you actually see it up close. It is the most incredible attraction in Rome. The tombs of the recent popes are located under the chapels. Thousands of people visit the Vatican every day.

You are going to find that your cheap holiday to Rome will leave you with more understanding about the ancient Romans. The city is a vast array of history, culture and incredible architecture. You will also want to pay a visit to Trastevere, Piazza Navona and of course, the House of Nero. You will have plenty of time for many other attractions in Rome, but you do want to see the most important attractions first. Since Rome is so large and has so many things to see, you might even take a trip back next year for more adventures and excitement.

Why You Should Visit Rome, The Eternal City

Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has a long and rich history dating back as many as 2,700 years. It has been continuously inhabited and has been an important center, first as the headquarters of the Roman Empire and later as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

They say that Rome was not built in a day and it is therefore fitting that it cannot be seen in a day either. If you are planning a trip to Rome, you should know that if you plan a long stay, you will not run out of sights to see and attractions to visit. If you are planning to only be in Rome for a limited amount of time, make sure that you plan your trip well so that you make it to as many of the main attractions as you can.

Rome is full of contrasts it juxtaposes its ancient history with a modern city. It is a bustling, loud metropolis that contains quiet parks and hidden piazzas. Make sure to visit some of these piazzas as the squares in Rome are one of its main attractions. Some of the famous piazzas of Rome are Piazza del Campidoglio that is home to the Italian government, Piazza Venezia that is considered to be the heart of the city, Piazza Navona that offers an example of awesome Baroque architecture, Piazza di Spagna that contains the famous Spanish Steps and St. Peter’s Square that provides access to St. Peter’s Basilica.

You cannot visit Rome without going to see the Roman basilicas and churches. Rome contains approximately 19 basilicas and many of them are worth seeing. Also on your must-see list should be the Coliseum. It is the largest structure of its sort from ancient Rome and is an amazing sight to behold. The Roman Forum and the Pantheon are other examples of fascinating architecture from ancient Rome that should not be missed. Simply walking around the streets of Rome will give you an excellent view into past times. The many fountains on the streets of Rome are a real treat to see.

There are many museums and galleries throughout Rome. Rome itself is considered the greatest open air museum in Europe; however the museums that are contained in buildings are also worth a visit. The Vatican Museum and the Capitoline Museum have excellent collections of Renaissance and Baroque sculptures and paintings. There are many other excellent museums.

There are many hotels throughout Rome. Bed and breakfasts are a relatively new addition to holiday accommodation options in Rome, but they are becoming more popular. Hostels and dormitories are among the cheapest accommodations options in Rome. For a bit more privacy and space, you should consider a rental apartment. These come in many sizes and prices, including luxury villas. If you are looking for something unique to Rome, you can stay in a Catholic convent. These often open their doors to tourists as long as they are prepared to abide by the rules of the convent.

6 Places to Visit in Rome

They say there are as many attractions in Rome as there are people. That is even more amazing taking into account the fact that the historical center of Rome is comparatively small: it occupies the space between the Tiber in the East and Termini railway station in the West. Here one can see the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican.

What should one visit in Rome? That’s quite a question! But one thing is for sure: the following six attractions are an absolute must!

Begin with the Roman Forum, which used to be the political and religious center of the ancient Rome. The Forum is crossed by the sacred road (via Sakra), going up the Capitoline Hill. This is the breathtaking group of buildings including the ruins of the Vespasian Temple, the Agreement Temple, St Joseph Church, the Temple Of Saturn, columns of the Castor and Pollux Temple, etc. Via Sakra ends in Arch Of Titus, which was erected to commemorate the Emperor’s victory over rebellious Jerusalem.

The Pantheon is worth visiting too. Built by Mark Agrippa in 27 BC, this is one of the most famous monuments of Ancient Rome. The name “Pantheon” means “devoted to all gods”. In the Christian epoch it was turned into a church. The bodies of many prominent people lie here.

Another attraction of the Eternal city, the Coloisseum, is the symbol of Rome. Designed for 50, 000 spectators, the Coloisseum is the biggest amphitheatre in the world. Here took place bloody shows with wild animals and gladiators, to perform sea battles the arena was filled with water. To emphasize the grandeur of the happening, during the fights Emperor Commodus was wearing a lion skin.

In its original look the Colosseum existed up to VIII century when Pope Pavel III allowed his nephew to take the Colosseum stones for the building of his own palace. According to the permission, the Cardinal could take as many stones as he could but only within 12 hours. That helped to save the building for the future generations.

All the tourists certainly visit the Trevi Fountain. Perhaps, it is not the most beautiful, but for certain it is the most famous. It is the masterpiece by Nicola Salvi who had been working over it for 19 years. The small Trevi Square reminds of an ancient amphitheatre and the fountain itself is like a magnificent stage, in the center of which resides Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a shell-shaped chariot, pulled by two sea-horses. Tritons on each side show the way between the rocks. One of the sea-horses is calm while the other is unruly. They symbolize the changeable moods of the sea. Two statues in the background represent Abundance and Salubrity. Above the sculptures are graceful bas-reliefs.

Probably the most romantic place in Rome is the Spanish Steps. It was built to connect Via del Babuino to Via Felice in 1721-1725. It acquired its name due to the embassy situated nearby. Here one can always meet couples strolling hand in hand and kissing every here and there.

These are only some of the Rome attractions. In fact, one can hardly visit all the sights of the miraculous Italian capital.